When, Where, and How to Watch Arnold Classic 2024?

Published 02/23/2024, 9:22 AM EST

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The Arnold Classic 2024 is set to be an absolute powerhouse of an event in the world of sports festivals, as it’s going to celebrate its 36th anniversary. And if you’re not already buzzing with excitement, you’re about to. Buckle up because we’re here to give you the lowdown on when, where, and how to catch all the action at this spectacular event.

Mark your calendars from February 29 to March 3, 2024, as Columbus, Ohio, transforms into the epicenter of athletic prowess. The Greater Columbus Convention Center will play host to the 36th edition of the Arnold Sports Festival, showcasing the best of the best in the world of bodybuilding and strongman sports.


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Don’t miss the Arnold Expo, a vital component of the festival, running from March 1 to March 3, 2024. This is not just an expo; it’s a sensory overload of fitness, innovation, and pure adrenaline.

Tickets, Anyone?

Securing your spot at this fitness fiesta is a breeze. Head over to the Arnold Sports official website to grab your tickets for the Expo, witness pre-judging rounds for bodybuilding, and snag limited tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening bodybuilding finals in the Battelle Grand Ballroom. And here’s a bonus for the young enthusiasts – According to the official website, kids aged 14 & under get FREE entry to the Arnold Expo when accompanied by a paying adult.

Watch from anywhere for free!

Can’t make it to Columbus? Fret not! You can still catch all the heart-pounding action live and for free. Sports fanatics can tune in to the Arnold Sports’ official website to witness the magnificent show as they have already begun the countdown. Whether you’re in the front row at the convention center or cheering from the comfort of your home, the excitement is just a click away.


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In a joint Instagram post on November 4, 2023, Schwarzenegger and Arnold Sports announced the free live stream with a message that reflects Schwarzenegger’s perspective. “My goal has always been to grow the sport of bodybuilding,” wrote Arnie in the caption. Expressing a commitment to inclusivity, he declared, “I want everyone to be able to watch and be inspired by the Arnold Classic, regardless of their financial means.” To bring this vision to life, they joyfully revealed, “Therefore, this year, the livestream will be free.” It’s a move to share the passion for bodybuilding with everyone, breaking barriers and inspiring without cost.

Event highlights with timings

Here is how the events are set to unfold from Feb 29th to March 3rd:

Day 1: Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024

Arnold Amateur – 8:00 am-6:00 pm

Day 2: Friday, Mar. 1, 2024

Arnold Strongman and Strongwoman Classic – Day One- 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Arnold Classic Pre-judging – Classic Physique- 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Fitness International – Finals – 7:00 pm-9:30 pm
Arnold Classic Friday Night Pre-Show

Day 3: Saturday, March 2, 2024

Arnold Strongman and Strongwoman Classic – Day Two Finals- 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Arnold Classic Saturday Night Pre-Show

Bikini International – Prejudging – 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Strongest Firefighter – Finals – 1:15 pm-4:00 pm
Arnold Classic – Finals – 7:00 pm-10:00 pm

Day 4: Sunday, March 3, 2024

Arnold Sunday Seminar
Amateur Strongman — Finals
Rogue Record Breakers- 10:00 pm-4:00 pm
Full Schedule Snapshot
USA Powerlifting – 8:00 am-7:00 pm
5K Pump & Run – 10:30 am-11:30 am

There you have it–your quick guide to the Arnold Classic 2024. Whether you’re a seasoned fitness fanatic or a casual observer, this event promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. Doubtful? Hear it straight from the former participants who experienced the show firsthand.

Schwarzenegger called the 2023 Arnold Sports Festival “the most successful”

Earlier, in a trailer for the 2024 event, former participants shared their thoughts on the venue, saying, “It has gotten bigger every year.” They explained, “Walking through the expo, it’s huge! There are lots of people from all over the world chatting in the hallways. There’s so much energy and fun. It’s like a big party with something for everyone. That’s why I think many families and spectators love coming to this event every single year.”


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In the video, Schwarzenegger also shared his happiness at seeing a full crowd for the 2023 event. “We are so happy when you walk around and you see our halls are filled again with people displaying their goods.” He expressed joy at having 60 different sports from 80 different countries, with a whopping 15,000 athletes taking part. Schwarzenegger declared, “This has been the most successful Arnold Classic.” Ending on a personal note, he said, “I was born a bodybuilder, and it would die a bodybuilder,” emphasizing his lifelong dedication to the sport he loves. It seems like he was thrilled to see the event thriving and bringing people together from all over.

History of the Arnold Classic and How It’s Prize Money Evolved

This excitement has been brewing since the inception of the Arnold Classic, making it a monumental show in the history of bodybuilding. Started by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer in 1989, it has now grown into a global phenomenon, captivating audiences and athletes alike. Over the years, it has become a symbol of excellence, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in bodybuilding.


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So, grab your tickets, set your reminders, and get ready to witness the pinnacle of athletic achievement in Columbus, Ohio, or from the comfort of your own home. The countdown begins now!

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Written by:

Arpita Shrivastava


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Arpita Shrivastava is a bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in tracking the lifestyles of bodybuilders. A master’s degree holder in Mass Communication, Arpita is a frequent contributor to coverage about her idols Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler. She likes going behind the scenes to understand the nitty-gritty of building a shredded physique.
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Abhishek Manikandan